The lights are on
The video game industry tracking organization
says that sales on total video game content were the same as the first quarter
of a year ago, with digital content sales rising.
In the company's Games Market Dynamics: U.S. report, NPD revealed that a total of
$3.5 billion had been spent on game content in the first quarter of this year.
This figure consists of $1.37 billion spent on physical retail console and PC
games, $559 million on used and rental physical games, and $1.59 billion on
digital content (including full games, add-ons and expansion packs,
subscriptions, mobile games, and social games).
The total spend of $3.5 billion is actually
identical to the same quarter in 2012, although digital sales do make up a
bigger piece of the pie this year.
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Wow... but not shocking.
3 more to go.
A good 50% of my 3DS is digital now--and that's 70 games.
I have a bunch of digital games on my 360 from sales.
A few of my measly dollars went to that, and I actually spent a few on digital for a change too. Journey and Okami were more than well worth it though. As always game industry, keep dishing out the games, I'll dish out the money.
I only bug digital if they don't have a physical release!
Not surprising that the video game industry rakes in so much cash. The industry as a whole surpassed the ENTIRE movie industry... in the 90's.